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Sen. Blunt Calls For More Job Training Programs

Feb 21, 2020
Sen. Roy Blunt visited the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center on Friday as part of his push for more job training programs in the state. 2/21/2020
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Sen. Roy Blunt came to Ranken Technical College in St. Louis on Friday to advocate for more apprenticeships and job training programs. 

Blunt, who is the chairman of a Senate subcommittee that addresses labor and education, released an appropriations bill for the coming year to expand higher education opportunities.

“I do believe for the last 20 or 30 years, there's been too much singular focus on the way to get a good job is a college degree,” he said.

Stan Shoun (left) and Chris Mallow (right)  address the lack of skilled workers in the region.
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There are plenty of well-paying jobs open across the region and country looking to be filled – but there is a shortage of skilled workers to fill them.

On Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh discussed the shortage of skilled tradesmen and women in the region. Chris Mallow, director of standard products at Watlow, and Ranken Technical College president Stan Shoun joined the discussion to address what can be done moving forward.

Ranken Technical College officials, elected leaders — including Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, center — and donors hold a ceremonial groundbreaking for a new manufacturing incubator at the school's St. Louis campus on Friday.
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Ranken Technical College broke ground on a manufacturing incubator the school says will also provide training to its students that they can use in their careers.

The two-year college held a ceremonial groundbreaking Friday morning as part of a larger day devoted to promoting manufacturing.

Scott Ranft, Stephen Mausshardt and Brandon Weinrich work at Ranken Technical College's Programmable Logic Controllers Lab.
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St. Louis area ITT Tech students have a decision to make if they want to continue their education now that their school has closed its doors.

The U.S. Department of Education is offering the students forgiveness on their federal loans, but if the students accept the offer they can’t transfer credits.

That means Missouri's estimated 700 ITT Tech students are most likely out either time or money, if not both.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 5, 2012 - Antonio Bobo towered above the wooden podium between him and row after row of onlookers seated in the Mary Ann Lee center at Ranken Technical College. On his left was a freshly detailed Ford Taurus, and on his right were mounds of wrapped presents. Bobo, pausing every so often to wipe away tears, gave thanks to those both in attendance and absent for their gifts to him and his family.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 30, 2012 - Ask 14-year-old Jake Gezella what he wants to be doing in 10 years, and his answer is swift and sure.

“I would like to be working at a shop on ATVs,” the Affton teenager said during a break in his week-long Adventure Academy camp at Ranken Technical College

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 14, 2012 - To help explain how higher education can get its costs down to a more affordable level, panelists on Thursday discussed two words that have struck terror in the hearts of generations of students – college algebra.

Teresa Thiel, an associate dean of arts and sciences at the University of Missouri at St. Louis, said that eight years ago, only 55 percent of the students who took the often-dreaded math course on campus managed to earn a C-minus or better.

Rich Thyer (left) gets help from instructor Larry Sisson at Ranken Technical College on Finney Avenue in St. Louis
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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: July 16, 2008 - Chad Risenhoover has some simple advice for the 2,400 autoworkers facing layoffs at Chrysler's sprawling assembly plants in Fenton: "Life isn't over; the sun will still rise tomorrow.

"Sure, you may have to sell some of your toys; sure, you may have to downsize. But there is life after Chrysler, after Ford, even after Chevy."